Mol's Lido

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic. 92010 views

  • Posts: 717
  • Liked: 227
  • Thanks Given: 255
  • Received: 156
  • Location: Manchester
  • Tank Thread: https://reefbase.co.uk/members'-tanks-6/mol's-lido/

I've been a member on here for a few weeks and introduced myself, but my tank has been going through a bad time with an infestation of Dinoflagellates. After a 10-day blackout I hope I've beaten them, and as I'm ramping the lights up again gradually the corals and fish are waking up again. I've also got some new additions planned over the next few weeks. So I thought it might be a good time to start a tank log and post some photos.

Firstly, a few photos taken today under blues (the ramp-up of the lights hasn't got as far as whites yet). A full tank shot, then some of the individual corals which were taken with a blue filter on the camera to make the colours more similar to what the naked eye sees.
40L: Tiger pistol shrimp and Wheeler goby trio, peppermint shrimp, zoas, ricordeas, gorgs, tree
Plans for a new 250L Maldivian biotope...

Thanks:


Steve's Marines

  • Posts: 1,882
  • Liked: 492
  • Thanks Given: 76
  • Received: 292
  • Steve
  • Location: Cambridgeshire

Reply #1

Very nice  :glad:
There's a fine line between success and failure like there's a difference between surviving and thriving and we are all striving for a thriving success.

Mol_PMB

  • Posts: 717
  • Liked: 227
  • Thanks Given: 255
  • Received: 156
  • Location: Manchester
  • Tank Thread: https://reefbase.co.uk/members'-tanks-6/mol's-lido/

Reply #2

Thanks :)

Here's a brief summary of equipment at present:

Tank: 120L Juwel Lido

Filtration: Fluval 105 filter with sponge, Alfagrog, floss, rowaphos, rowacarbon.

Skimmer: Tunze 9004 in-tank.

Powerheads: two small Fluval powerheads in the top corners, one on continuously and and the other on/off in 15 minute cycles.

Hardscape: I large piece of Aquaroche, 1 large piece of Real Reef Rock, plus a few bits of solid live rock rubble and some Alfagrog bits which had been 'quarantined' in my 10L tank for a few weeks before going in.

Lighting: 3 Aquatlantis LED units with programmable controller.

Heater: Eheim Jager 200W.

Doser (not yet set up, will do soon when I get some more hose): Kamoer 4-channel.



 The tank's been set up about 3 months, 2 months of which was spent doing a fishless cycle with ammonia and ATM Colony.



Livestock is presently as follows:

2 tank-bred ocellaris clowns
1 red-legged hermit crab
1 blackfoot trochus snail (only surviving snail from the Dino outbreak - my other trochus, turbo and nassarius were poisoned)
1 'Captain America' mushroom
1 Ricordea florida mushroom
1 Protopalythoa mutuki frag
7 Zoa frags (don't know the names of all of these)
1 bit of Pavona that I got with the 'Lunar Eclipse' zoas on, and seems half-dead.


Forthcoming planned additions include:
more CUC
more Ricordeas
some Montipora frags
another Pavona that isn't half-dead when I get it.
a goby/pistol shrimp pair or trio


Finally, I am eyeing up a small Maxspect gyre.
40L: Tiger pistol shrimp and Wheeler goby trio, peppermint shrimp, zoas, ricordeas, gorgs, tree
Plans for a new 250L Maldivian biotope...

Mol_PMB

  • Posts: 717
  • Liked: 227
  • Thanks Given: 255
  • Received: 156
  • Location: Manchester
  • Tank Thread: https://reefbase.co.uk/members'-tanks-6/mol's-lido/

Reply #3

This evening I have bench-tested and then fitted the doser.
I got this Kamoer 4-channel doser with bracket and dosing container for £180 nearly new, which seemed quite a good deal (though I did consider a new Jebao setup for even less!).

The Lido stand is pretty small, and it's already full of canister filter, electrics and light controller, so I decided to put these outside and made a little stand for the containers too. It's not so obvious when the sofa is in place.

I still need some longer lengths of the fine flexible hose so that I can plumb the feeds up into the tank, also I need one and possibly two pipe brackets to keep the pipe runs tidy. Until I get those I can't actually use the doser. My intention is to use channels 1-3 for sodium bicarbonate, calcium chloride and a magnesium chloride/sulphate mix. Not sure what the fourth channel will dose but I'm sure it will be useful one day!

Hopefully this will help me keep the water parameters spot on for the Montis that I hope to add in the next few weeks.
40L: Tiger pistol shrimp and Wheeler goby trio, peppermint shrimp, zoas, ricordeas, gorgs, tree
Plans for a new 250L Maldivian biotope...

Thanks:


Marty

  • Global Moderator
  • Posts: 4,613
  • Liked: 1485
  • Thanks Given: 1496
  • Received: 865
  • Location: Norwich
  • Tank Thread: https://reefbase.co.uk/members'-tanks-6/marty's-reef-tank/

Reply #4

Looks spot on that you are defo enjoying it.

For the long runs on mine I used airline tubing from container to doser and have the thin white stuff from doser to sump.

You could possibly use airline on the exit as well it may be worth a try :)

Thanks:


Mol_PMB

  • Posts: 717
  • Liked: 227
  • Thanks Given: 255
  • Received: 156
  • Location: Manchester
  • Tank Thread: https://reefbase.co.uk/members'-tanks-6/mol's-lido/

Reply #5

Good idea. It will be a long run right up to the top of the tank, which is why I thought it would be a good idea to minimise the amount of fluid sitting in the pipe by using the smallest stuff.
I've found a shop locally that stocks it at £1/m but it's currently out of stock! Should have some soon though.
Might take a trip out tomorrow to buy a new coral. It's addictive!
40L: Tiger pistol shrimp and Wheeler goby trio, peppermint shrimp, zoas, ricordeas, gorgs, tree
Plans for a new 250L Maldivian biotope...

Marty

  • Global Moderator
  • Posts: 4,613
  • Liked: 1485
  • Thanks Given: 1496
  • Received: 865
  • Location: Norwich
  • Tank Thread: https://reefbase.co.uk/members'-tanks-6/marty's-reef-tank/

Reply #6

It does get VERY addictive haha

Mol_PMB

  • Posts: 717
  • Liked: 227
  • Thanks Given: 255
  • Received: 156
  • Location: Manchester
  • Tank Thread: https://reefbase.co.uk/members'-tanks-6/mol's-lido/

Reply #7


It does get VERY addictive haha

I've not had to join Acroholics Anonymous yet...

But I have just been for a hike out to Cockfields and I have frags of Montipora hirsuta and Seriatopora caliendrum in my polybox. Oops!
40L: Tiger pistol shrimp and Wheeler goby trio, peppermint shrimp, zoas, ricordeas, gorgs, tree
Plans for a new 250L Maldivian biotope...

Mol_PMB

  • Posts: 717
  • Liked: 227
  • Thanks Given: 255
  • Received: 156
  • Location: Manchester
  • Tank Thread: https://reefbase.co.uk/members'-tanks-6/mol's-lido/

Reply #8

Well Frank seems to have passed, and this morning was bright and sunny in Manchester. So I decided to go for a walk to Cockfields. It's a bu99er to get to by public transport, so I set off on the train and then walk the 3 miles from Stalybridge (and 3 miles back). I got all that done before the rain started :)

Of course, after all that effort I could hardly leave without buying something, could I? After drooling over lots of very expensive corals that wouldn't have fitted in my little poly box, I spent a total of £30 on two good-size frags.

So here are the newest additions to the frag rack, about 15 minutes after going into the tank. I'll move them into a proper place in due course:

I believe they are Seriatopora calendrium and Montipora hirsuta.
I'd better get that doser plumbing finished soon :)
40L: Tiger pistol shrimp and Wheeler goby trio, peppermint shrimp, zoas, ricordeas, gorgs, tree
Plans for a new 250L Maldivian biotope...

Mol_PMB

  • Posts: 717
  • Liked: 227
  • Thanks Given: 255
  • Received: 156
  • Location: Manchester
  • Tank Thread: https://reefbase.co.uk/members'-tanks-6/mol's-lido/

Reply #9

Pretty flowers!
I haven't got a yellow filter for my macro lens yet (just ordered one) but here's a view of part of the Monti zoomed right in under blues. Under whites this coral is two shades of green, but it looks blue and yellow here. I really hope I can give it conditions where it will keep these colours rather than brown out, but I'm not confident.
40L: Tiger pistol shrimp and Wheeler goby trio, peppermint shrimp, zoas, ricordeas, gorgs, tree
Plans for a new 250L Maldivian biotope...

Mol_PMB

  • Posts: 717
  • Liked: 227
  • Thanks Given: 255
  • Received: 156
  • Location: Manchester
  • Tank Thread: https://reefbase.co.uk/members'-tanks-6/mol's-lido/

Reply #10

Here's an updated full tank shot. Got some new corals and some more snails today, and had a minor rearrangement.

Although there's a long way to get, I'm quite pleased with how this is coming together and the 'diagonal ridge' plan looks better now there are corals on it.

I've also bought (but haven't yet got) a better frag rack, which is magnetic and ceramic, shaped like a natural rocky shelf. I'm going to put it on the back of the tank and put a plating Monti on it.
40L: Tiger pistol shrimp and Wheeler goby trio, peppermint shrimp, zoas, ricordeas, gorgs, tree
Plans for a new 250L Maldivian biotope...

fishface

  • Posts: 1,401
  • Liked: 445
  • Thanks Given: 119
  • Received: 206
  • Location: Oxfordshire

Reply #11

Well scaped n everything looks real nice

Thanks:


Marty

  • Global Moderator
  • Posts: 4,613
  • Liked: 1485
  • Thanks Given: 1496
  • Received: 865
  • Location: Norwich
  • Tank Thread: https://reefbase.co.uk/members'-tanks-6/marty's-reef-tank/

Reply #12

That picture looks awesome bet you well chuffed with how that looks

Thanks:


Mol_PMB

  • Posts: 717
  • Liked: 227
  • Thanks Given: 255
  • Received: 156
  • Location: Manchester
  • Tank Thread: https://reefbase.co.uk/members'-tanks-6/mol's-lido/

Reply #13

Thanks. Yes, I was really happy until this evening when the filter started leaking and I found I had nasty hydroids. 
Marines just seem to be one stress after another.
40L: Tiger pistol shrimp and Wheeler goby trio, peppermint shrimp, zoas, ricordeas, gorgs, tree
Plans for a new 250L Maldivian biotope...

Marty

  • Global Moderator
  • Posts: 4,613
  • Liked: 1485
  • Thanks Given: 1496
  • Received: 865
  • Location: Norwich
  • Tank Thread: https://reefbase.co.uk/members'-tanks-6/marty's-reef-tank/

Reply #14

They are challenging you only at the beginning so much easier to sort issues you try issues in a system my size and all the SPS then you got a real headache.

You will understand why I get stressed sometimes you do your very best to do it all right yet you still get kicked right between the legs in the beanbag.

However once all the teething issues are sorted and you have encounter most it's easy to spot and deal with strait away instead of thinking WTF that.

 I remember on one forum a chap had not long started a marine tank and had been happily spot feeding the aptasia as he thought they was a coral the aptasia was living the dream and spreading well until he was informed they are a pest.

We all have to start somewhere but with marine things can happen fast as you have now seen with them hydroids and Mr Snail I should imagine has helped spread them about like that.

It may be worth looking into all the possible hitchikers ect like bryopsis, hydroids to name a few at least once you have read about them even if you don't have any you are prepared that's how I knew what they was in your other post and trust me with marine it pays to be very prepared and move fast with issues.

Tags: